Why Photomonth? We started in 2001 inspired by the photomonths in cities across Europe and amazed that nothing like it happened in London. We aimed to offer an open platform for emerging artists whose work deserved to be seen and develop the appreciation of photography. We were not looking to create a commercial event but a sustainable model in which everyone involved contributed through finding a space to show their work and curating their own exhibition. This successful process has now benefited thousands of photographers and given great value to the public.
The photography scene in London has now changed radically with major and mainstream art galleries regularly exhibiting work, but Photomonth still retains its independent quality offering the opportunity for everyone to engage with diverse contemporary images and ideas in the most vibrant quarter of the city.
So take your time, explore the shows offered across East London, and enjoy the events.
Photomonth 2018 launches with the Photo-Open at theprintspace gallery with the theme ‘Women in the 21st Century’ celebrating 100 years since some women first got the right to vote. The Photobook & Print Fair takes place at the Rich Mix and this year we feature a rare show of early photography by East London Suffragette Norah Smyth at Four Corners Gallery, and pay tribute to Mick Williamson, retiring Head of Photography at The Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design.
The free festival brochure, available at all the Photomonth venues, lists the exhibitions and events with a map to help you to find your way. Even more information may be found on this website www.photomonth.org